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Bedell Cristin

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London, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola


Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Well connected in the Guernsey banking community’, Bedell Cristin is ‘very practical and user-friendly’ and considered ‘top tier for real estate finance’ in addition to providing ‘uniformly good service’ on a range of fund finance, debt capital markets and corporate finance matters. Richard Sharp, who made partner in September 2016, has ‘a good, steady analytical approach and gets to the heart of issues quickly’. Kate Ovenden, who ‘personifies the clarity and responsiveness of the firm’, advised RBS International on a significant facility to the Channel Islands Property Fund, a closed-ended property investment scheme. Standout practitioners among the senior associate ranks are Ann Halliday, who joined the firm in early 2016 from Ogier, and Sukhvinder Chana, who ‘gives good support to the Guernsey practice from London’. Vanessa Lawlor, who was a senior associate, is now at Maples and Calder in Dublin. Mark Heylar retired from the partnership to an of counsel role.

Leading individuals

Kate Ovenden - Bedell Cristin

Next generation lawyers

Richard Sharp - Bedell Cristin

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin provides an ‘excellent overall level of service, with spot-on response times, strength in depth and a real knowledge of the local and international market’. Kate Ovenden, who is ‘particularly good – very approachable, good with clients and commercial’, advised a real estate fund on a bid, which was ultimately unsuccessful, for The Liberation Group’s portfolio of pubs in the Channel Islands and South West England. Mark Heylar, who is now an of counsel, advised TISE on a listing; newly-promoted partner Richard Sharp was also involved in that matter. Associate Marc Piano, a new recruit from Shoosmiths LLP’s Nottingham office, attracts praise for his ‘commercial understanding and expert legal knowledge’ – his work includes advising local start-ups.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin is ‘very user-friendly, giving clear and direct advice’ on various matters including trust litigation, fraud cases and professional regulation. Alasdair Davidson is ‘a great advocate with an excellent ability to analyse and give straightforward advice’. He represented a high-net-worth individual in a trust dispute with elements of shari’ah law and parties located across Egypt and Libya. He is also representing a law firm in Guernsey in a dispute concerning allegedly negligent advice on a property transaction. Jon Barclay, who brings experience from criminal practice in England, has ‘excellent technical skills and knowledge’, which he deploys on matters such as financial regulation and allegations of fraud. Both successfully represented Prodefin Trading in a dispute regarding the dissolution of a joint venture involving several companies connected to Midland Resources, which objected to the winding-up.

Leading individuals

Alasdair Davidson - Bedell Cristin

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin has ‘a deep knowledge of the Guernsey regulatory environment and good experience with capital markets reinsurers’. The firm has a strong practice dealing with insurance-linked securities, recently advising FWU AG on a sukuk listing of a takaful (an Islamic finance insurance structure). Richard Sharp and Mark Heylar (who is now an of counsel with the firm) also advised Argosy Insurance Company – a captive insurer of Tsakos Group – on a migration from Bermuda to Guernsey. Other areas of expertise for the ‘excellent and solution-focused team’ include retail insurance regulation, life insurance structuring matters using cell companies and M&A in the sector. The firm also acts for Leadenhall Capital Partners in this space.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin’s ‘thorough industry knowledge in private equity’ ensures that clients ‘always get solid and reliable answers’. Kate Ovendenreally knows the industry and has complete knowledge of the relevant legislation’ – she and Richard Sharp advised first-time manager Catalyst Investment Management Company on the launch of a fund aiming to invest in clean energy projects in the Middle East and North Africa. The firm also acts for a number of limited partners.

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